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”Last year, only 4% of PS 333 students taking the state math tests passed, and 10% passed the state reading tests.”
And data shows that only 37.9% of all New York school students were proficient in math —
By Susan Edelman, The NY Post, January 7, 2023:
A South Bronx elementary principal who publicly posted student test scores in the school lobby to shame low-achievers into improving was “unprofessional and arguably cruel,” an investigation found.
Victoria Najera, principal of PS 333, the Longwood Academy of Discovery, also held an assembly to announce a trip to Cirque du Soleil for the highest-scoring kids – calling each winner by name.
Struggling students excluded from the trip were crushed. One boy sobbed so hard he gasped for breath and a girl scrawled on paper that she wanted to kill herself, teachers recalled.
Beyond “cruel,” Najera’s actions “may also have violated the Chancellor’s Regulations as well as other state and federal safeguards” against releasing students’ records, the Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools concluded in a Jan. 18 report to Chancellor David Banks and released to The Post.
Special Commissioner Anastasia Coleman recommended that the DOE “take appropriate action” with Najera, who is still the school’s principal.
Najera explained to investigators that during the 2019-2020 school year, she started “goal setting” for all students, and displaying their “progression” throughout the year, the SCI reports. Najera said she intended to “motivate” and give students “incentives” to improve.
A staffer told SCI that Najera believed students “needed to be embarrassed” to do better.
Last year, only 4% of PS 333 students taking the state math tests passed, and 10% passed the state reading tests.
A Change.org petition titled Save our District 8 Public School has garnered 242 signatures so far.
“Najera uses intimidation and bullying to instill fear and create a hostile work environment for children, parents, and teachers,” it states.
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